Susan’s Laughing Juice | Spiced Pear Cocktail

spiced pear martini



Last night seven of us, friends from grade school who don’t see each other as often as we should, got together for dinner at the Kees’. Well, I say we got together for dinner, but the food hardly mattered. All I remember is the laughing. In fact, we shrieked, giggled and guffawed so long and hard, when we looked at the clock it was 12:22 a.m. Odd thing is, I can’t remember exactly what all we laughed about, although I do recall something about sexting. (Don’t ask!)

The evening started at 7 with Spiced Pear Martinis brought by Susan. Susan was in town visiting her parents who live in a retirement home. That afternoon she had lugged bottles of vodka, liqueur and Prosecco to the Treemont and made martinis in the home’s communal kitchen.

This drink starts with a simple syrup infused with cinnamon, allspice and star anise. Add vodka, top it off with Prosecco and you have a tasty pre-Thanksgiving or fall cocktail. The pear is just subtle and smooth enough to let the cold-weather spices shine through.

I don’t know if the martinis contributed to the hilarity of our dinner, but they certainly didn’t hurt. Oh, and if you heard complaints about assorted hi-jinks and late-night laughter at the Treemont Home Friday night, blame it on that delicious fruit juice the retirees found- and shared- from the second floor fridge.

Tito’s Spiced Pear Cocktail
Recipe Type: Cocktail
Author: Slightly Adapted from Tito’s Vodka
Serves: 8 cocktails
  • Cocktails:
  • 1 cup vodka
  • 1/2 cup pear liqueur
  • 1/2 cup pear nectar
  • 1/2 cup spiced syrup
  • 1 bottle [i]Prosecco[/i], champagne or other sparkling wine
  • Spiced Syrup:
  • 4 3-inch cinnamon sticks
  • 3 small pieces fresh ginger (unpeeled is fine)
  • 1/2 vanilla bean or 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 30 whole allspice berries
  • 20-25 whole cloves
  • 6 whole star anise pods
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 2 3/4 cup water
  1. Mix all cocktail ingredients together in a pitcher and divide equally among 8 martini glasses. Top with the [i]Prosecco[/i] or sparkling wine and garnish with cinnamon sticks or star anise before serving.
Spiced Syrup:
  1. In a saucepan, simmer all ingredients* on low heat for 30 minutes stirring occasionally. Remove from heat. (If using vanilla extract in place of vanilla bean, add the extract at this point.) Let the mixture steep for a couple of hours, then strain it into a glass container and store in the fridge.
  2. *Please note that if using vanilla extract, it is added after the syrup has simmered.

Spiced Pear Martini



Spiced Pear Martini


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